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HMV/PARLOPHONE SINGLES ’88 – ’95
For the first time ever, all of Morrissey’s singles - including all b-sides - from his seven-year tenure on HMV/Parlophone Records will be released on a 3-CD set.
Following the break-up of The Smiths in 1987 at the height of their creative powers and popularity, Morrissey lost his co-writer Johnny Marr in what is considered one of the most productive partnerships in British pop, leaving many to doubt his ability to continue. In February ’88 Morrissey silenced his doubters with the release of his debut solo single ‘Suedehead’; a slice of urgent, shimmering guitar-pop, featuring the Durutti Column’s Vini Reilly and produced by Stephen Street. It went to No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart. This was followed by the No. 9 single ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’, considered by many his greatest song and described by the NME, in its Year in Review, as "The best No. 1 '88 never gave us." Morrissey’s inimitable solo career had begun with two timeless, Top 10 singles.
Beginning with ‘Suedehead’, HMV/Parlophone Singles ’88 – ’95 runs chronologically and consists of 19 incredible singles - 10 of which were non-album releases - b/w not just brilliant b-sides, but some of Moz’s most-loved songs ever. As well as his first two singles, it also includes the highly acclaimed ‘The Last Of The Famous…’, ‘November Spawned A Monster’, ‘Piccadilly Palare’ and ‘Pregnant For The Last Time’, the first single to feature his ongoing collaborator and musical director Boz Boorer who, along with guitarist Alain Whyte, added an American Rockabilly sound to Moz’s distinctive jangle pop.
After the success of these singles, Morrissey recorded an album – 1992’s Your Arsenal - with one of his heroes, Mick Ronson, former David Bowie collaborator and member of The Spiders From Mars. The three singles from this album – ‘We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful’, ‘You’re The One For Me, Fatty’ and ‘Certain People I Know’ – are all included. This was followed by what’s considered by many his greatest album - and final for Parlophone - Vauxhall and I, with singles ’The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get’ and ‘Hold On To Your Friends’. Also included is the 1994 duet with Siouxsie Sioux, ‘Interlude’, and non-album singles ’Boxers’ and ’Sunny’, which indicated the direction Morrissey would take on his next album, Southpaw Grammar.
All the b-sides released in this seven-year period are included: 35 studio recordings and seven live recordings. They include the fan-favourite ‘Sister I’m A Poet’; the self-deprecating ‘Disappointed’; Moz’s witty jibe at The Rolling Stones, ‘Get Off The Stage’; his tribute to The Jam in his reworking of ‘That’s Entertainment’; an exquisite cover of indie-skinhead band Bradford’s ‘Skin Storm’; the gorgeous ‘Used To Be A Sweet Boy’; Moz’s exploration of London’s underbelly, ‘Have-A-Go Merchant’ and ‘Black-Eyed Susan’; an affecting version of ‘Moonriver’, and many, many more. There are live versions of The Smiths’ ‘Sweet And Tender Hooligan’ (recorded at Morrissey’s first-ever solo concert), T-Rex’s ‘Cosmic Dancer’, and Viva Hate’s ‘Alsatian Cousin’, amongst others.
HMV/Parlophone Singles ’88 – ’95 will be released on 12th October. In addition to this release, on the same day a limited-edition box set of Morrissey’s 7” singles – The 7” Singles ’88 – ’91 – will be released. The boxset is housed in lift-off-lid box, with a cover-image taken from a photograph by Anton Corbijn. The singles’ artwork, all of which were originally conceived and controlled by Morrissey himself, will be faithfully reproduced for each sleeve and the singles themselves will be on heavyweight vinyl for improved sound quality. A second box set, The HMV/Parlophone Singles ’91 – ’95, will be released on 2nd November.
I Know Very Well How I Got My Name
Hairdresser On Fire
Oh Well I’ll Never Learn
Everyday Is Like Sunday
Sister I’m A Poet
Will Never Marry
The Last Of The Famous International Playboys
Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference
Sweet And Tender Hooligan (live, Wolverhampton Civic Hall, 22/12/88)
Oujia Board, Oujia Board
Yes I Am Blind
November Spawned A Monster
He Knows I’d Love To See Him
Girl Least Likely To
Get Off The Stage
Journalists Who Lie
Tony The Pony
Sing Your Life
Pregnant For The Last Time
Cosmic Dancer (live, Utrecht, Holland 01/05/91)
Disappointed (live, Utrecht, Holland 01/05/91)
My Love Life
I’ve Changed My Plea To Guilty
There’s A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends
We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
Suedehead (live, Hammersmith Odeon, 04/10/91)
I’ve Changed My Plea To Guilty (live, Hammersmith Odeon, 04/10/91)
Pregnant For The Last Time (live, Hammersmith Odeon, 04/10/91)
Alsatian Cousin (live, Hammersmith Odeon, 04/10/91)
You're The One For Me, Fatty
There Speaks A True Friend
Certain People I Know
Jack The Ripper
You’ve Had Her
The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get
Used To Be A Sweet Boy
I’d Love To
Hold On To Your Friends
Interlude (Morrissey with Siouxsie)
Whatever Happens, I Love You
Swallow On My Neck